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Boys in the judging stand watching the pie eating contest, 4-H Club fair, Cimarron, Kansas, 1939.
Boys in the judging stand watch the pie eating contest at the 4-H Club fair in Cimarron, Kansas, 1939

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County and State Fairs
Ferris wheels, carousels, and friendly competitions such as the wheelbarrow race, pie-eating contest, and greased pig race are some things you might find at a fair. The boys in this photo are watching a pie-eating contest at a fair in Kansas in 1939.

Going to the state fair was a big event. Some people even came and camped out so they could stay for several days. Here's how one woman from Portland, Oregon, described the experience. "The State Fair . . . was the big event of the year. Everybody who was anybody as well as those who were not, would come from all the country round about, within a radius of a hundred miles or more, depending on what and how much they had to exhibit in stock and products."

Have you ever been to a state or county fair?

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